In the state of North Dakota you may complete a Bill of Sale Form SFN 2888 (download below) when buying or selling a vehicle, though it is not required but it could be very useful. For example, the Bill of Sale form can be used as proof of ownership for a short period, before registering the vehicle, in order to drive it.
Selling a vehicle with North Dakota title:
– Part 1 (Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by seller, completed showing selling price, date of sale, and current odometer reading which is required on all motor vehicles less than ten (10) years old.
– If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.
– When the owner of a vehicle sells, trades, or otherwise transfers the ownership of the vehicle, the owner must remove the license plate(s) and the vehicle will be considered unlicensed.
– The buyer may operate the vehicle for a maximum of five (5) days from date of acquisition without displaying any visible evidence of registration. However, the transferee must have dated evidence of ownership in the vehicle during these five (5) days. Dated evidence of ownership is either a dated bill of sale or a dated copy of the certificate of title.
Buying a vehicle with North Dakota title:
– Part 1 (Seller’s Assignment & Warranty of Title) must be signed and dated by owner(s) (seller) as shown on the front of the title. Legal name and address of new owner must be typed or printed legibly. Odometer information required on all motor vehicles less than ten (10) years old, with buyer’s signature, printed name, and date.
– Part 3 (Purchaser’s Certification and Application) must be completed and signed by buyer showing purchase price, lienholder information, if applicable, and signature and date.
– If vehicle is less than nine (9) years old SFN SFN 18609 Damage Disclosure Statement must be completed by the seller.
– Taxes due on 5% of the purchase price.
Please note that the term damage does not include body or structural modifications! This term refers to normal wear and tear, glass damage, hail damage, or items of normal maintenance and repair.
To complete an odometer disclosure statement you can use the Titles, Manufacturer Certificates of Origin, and/or a Secure Odometer/Reassignment form – SFN 18773 (not available online).
However we recommend, for your own records, to use this federal form to state the mileage upon transfer of ownership: North Dakota Odometer Disclosure Statement Form
To correct an odometer (mileage) error on the printed title, you must use this form. It must be completed and signed by the individual who originally made the error or alteration: ODOMETER CORRECTION – Form SFN 60806
The Truth in Mileage Act (TIMA) is a federal law that requires the seller of a motor vehicle to provide an odometer disclosure to the buyer at the time of sale or transfer of ownership. The buyer must sign in acknowledgment of the mileage disclosure given. At least one owner shown on the title must make their disclosure on the actual title. The buyer must sign acknowledging that disclosure on the same title. Other buyers must make disclosures on state issued secure forms, which are controlled and contain security features that meet federal requirements. Vehicles with “not readable” odometer readings are still subject to federal odometer requirements.
For more information go to North Dakota Department of Transportation.
North Dakota has more miles of road per capita than any state in the nation. There are approximately 166 miles of road for every 1,000 people. NDDOT maintains more lane-miles of roads per maintenance employee than any other state in the nation.
North Dakota has the second smallest department of transportation, in terms of employees, in the nation. Only Hawaii’s is smaller.
In North Dakota there are more vehicles registered than there are residents of the state.